Newcastle United vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Newcastle United vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Reunions can be really awkward. On Wednesday night, a couple of ex-Liverpool players – Luis Suarez and Phillippe Coutinho played a key role in sealing (almost) Liverpool’s fate in the Champions League. On Saturday night, Liverpool will meet a few more exes. Rafa Benitez, Jonjo Shelvey and the forgotten Manquillo will await the Reds at St. James’ Park and hope to secure a point or three. If they do that, they will have sealed Liverpool’s fate in the Premier League …
Attractive Football And The Risk Of Relegation

Attractive Football And The Risk Of Relegation

In May 2004, Leeds United were relegated from the Premier League after fourteen years in the top flight. The three-time champions of England had made a place for themselves in the top five every year but one since 1997 and appeared in the semifinals of the Champions League in 2001. This was, therefore, an unexpected fall from grace. The club had invested heavily to attain domestic and European success but built up huge debts which spiralled out of control. Relegation …
Arsenal vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News & Key Men

Arsenal vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News & Key Men

Arsenal went into the international break with two huge results, beating Manchester United and Stade Rennes to advance in the Europa League. This has put them in pole position to make it back into the Champions League through either the Premier League or Europa League. They can't let those good results go to waste by throwing away points against teams they are expected to beat like Newcastle. If they are to achieve their objective of top four this season, they'll …
Tottenham vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Tottenham vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

The opening match of the Premier League weekend will see Tottenham host Newcastle United at Wembley. It will be a fascinating contest as the home side are still struggling with injuries and the visitors will be arriving with a spring in their step. Mauricio Pochettino will view the midweek round of games as a positive, as his team increased their lead on Chelsea and Manchester United while closing the gap on the teams above. A title challenge remains unlikely, but …
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea will welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the late kickoff. The hosts will be looking to put an end to their difficulties at home with a positive result against a club led by one of their former managers. Rafa Benitez wasn’t a popular figure in West London and he will be desperate to inflict defeat on his previous employers. In the past, this was a competitive fixture, but the visitors have fallen behind the top clubs …
Liverpool Vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The first half of the Premier League ends on Boxing Day and the league leaders Liverpool will host their beloved former manager Rafa Benitez’s current team – Newcastle United. As is usually the case in this league, it is a fixture that Liverpool can ill-afford to lose as Manchester City lurk just four points behind and for the Magpies, a point or three from Anfield would put more distance between them and the relegation turmoil. At this stage, Liverpool would …
Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

A little under three years since he left the biggest club in the world, Rafa Benitez finds himself stuck in a Premier League relegation battle for the second year running. Last season, the Spanish coach steered the Magpies to safety with some astute tactical performances and it seemed the only way was up. But then came the summer transfer window. The three promoted clubs all outspent Newcastle. Fulham splashed £105m, Wolverhampton Wanderers spent £59m and Cardiff, favourites for the drop, …
VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
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